Alternate Installation Prefixes [Was: Re: Gnome-2.28.0 build notes -- Compatability Symlinks]

Guy Dalziel krendoshazin at dementedfury.org
Sat Oct 24 20:44:31 PDT 2009


On Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 10:31:32PM -0500, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> How hard is it for a developer to look for system configuration files in 
> --sysconfdir?  The answer is "not hard".  In fact, not using it is inconvenient 
> for some users.  One of the main philosophies of Unix is that the user knows 
> better than the developer.  Forcing a special location is either arrogance or 
> ignorance by the developer.

I agree, it shouldn't be that hard for a developer to expect files to
reside within a defined prefix. It certainly isn't an issue for Xorg
which allows you the full control of where each module is going. There
really isn't an excuse for it.
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